Luke 9:23 (KJV) And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
When Jesus addressed His disciples, He warned that each one must “take up his cross and follow me.” The disciples must have known exactly what the Master meant. In Jesus’ day, prisoners were forced to carry their own crosses to the location where they would be put to death. Thus, Christ’s message was clear: in order to follow Him, Christ’s disciples must deny themselves and, instead, trust Him completely. Nothing has changed since then.
If we are to be disciples of Christ, we must trust the Lord and place Him at the very center of our beings. Jesus never comes “next.” He is always first. The paradox, of course, is that only by sacrificing ourselves to Him do we gain salvation for ourselves.
I believe the compelling question for all of us is this: What do you think of Jesus, and do you have a personal relationship with the Lord?” Indeed, the answer to that question will determine the quality, the course, and the direction of your life today and for all eternity. Take some time and then put in place a plan of action to grow in your relationship with the Lord.
Jesus has called upon believers of every generation (and that includes you) to walk with Him. Jesus promises that when you follow in His footsteps, He will teach you how to live made whole. And when Jesus makes a promise, you can depend upon it.
Point to ponder- Today, think of at least one single step that you can take to become grow in your relationship with Christ. Then, take that step.
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